The Art of Narrative: Timeless Tales and Visual Vignettes explores storytelling in art from the 16th through 20th centuries. From Bible stories and mythology to history and literature, narrative subjects, often with moralistic messages, were considered the pinnacle of art production until the 19th century. The paintings, sculpture, and photographs in this exhibition capture significant historical events, heroic deeds, and tragic episodes of military aggression that together represent a wide spectrum of human endeavor across centuries, giving poignant breadth to the human condition. Among the works included are a stunning allegorical subject by the 17th century Dutch painter Melchior d’Hondecoeter, a rare bronze by the 17th century French sculptor François Girardon, a dramatic Middle Eastern battle scene by the 19th century German painter Adolf Schreyer, and George Grosz’s masterful indictment of Weimar Germany Eclipse of the Sun.
The Art of Narrative will be temporarily closed from March 5 through March 16, 2018.